Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I found this stuff at Home Depot, its like those foam sleeves you by to put over your exposed outdoor pipes in the winter except much thinner.
Here is a side by side comparison of the foam sleeves and the backer rod. I used an exacto blade to slice halfway down the backer rod so that I could then slide it over the exposed edges of Frighty's mouth.
|Arms and Wings|
Here is the basic frame of the FF. Next step was adding the foam swim noodles and also the foam pipe insulation and more duct tape. I used an entire roll of duct tape on this guy because I did not want any part of him expanding from underneath the papier mache.
I am going to sum up the process of the build because its basically just like tinker toys, you piece all the connectors and PVC together. For the eyes and the top triangles, I used 3 pipe cleaners twisted together, hot glued and then spay painted. Use black pipe cleaners. You can see I used orange because I ran out of black and it was a real chore to get the paint onto every little fiber to make it black.
The mouth was made out of water bottles that I cut the tops and bottoms off of and rolled them into tubes and hot glued them to stay. I threaded some wire in the center, hot glued the ends and attached them to the hula hoop.
Note that the hula hoop is child sized. A regular hula hoop would have either made the gates humongous or the face would have been out of proportion to how the official gates look.
I will add more pictures of the hinge mechanism (again, all PVC) and the stands that I built.
The gates are 8.5 feet tall, not hung. Once hung, they are just over 9 feet tall. They are operational and I sort of wish I could leave them up year round.
The cats were something I made in a hurry because I ran out of time (I always run out of time with Halloween stuff) They are made out of black foam board and wire.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
We were, unfortunately, hit with some sad news about six days after my daughter's birth. Our sweet baby girl tested positive for a genetic disorder called Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase or MCAD for short. Since I'd feel strange NOT talking incessantly about her disorder and at the same time I don't want to turn this blog into a MCAD site, I decided to start a separate site regarding her condition that you can link to at: http://newbornscreening.blogspot.com/
As of right now, that site is pretty much barren since I have had no time to devote to anything but my four children.
I may also disable this site completely and start up a new blog over on Yahoo. Basically, I am a barely functioning computer blogger and I know very little about page/web building etc. I need idiot proof page building features and Yahoo seems to have a few things that this one does not.
That all said, I must close and attend to my baby girl. Thank you to all of you reading that have sent me your prayers and continued wishes for my baby girls continued health.
Friday, November 03, 2006
SHE'S HERE!!! After a long (for me) labor - 11 hours of solid back labor, my beautiful baby girl and fourth child is here!
At 2:09am on October 28th, 2006 this 7 pound 11 ounce baby girl was born. Stretching out a lengthy 20 inches, she is tiny enough to fit inside a shoebox! (and no, I didn't try it)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
It's 4 something am and I cannot sleep. Yet another fun tidbit of the final weeks of pregnancy, no position is comfortable, can't fall asleep yet I am constantly exhausted. Ah well at least I can get a good nights sleep once I give birth, right? Or not. Oh well.
I have been having contractions off and on since Tuesday. Nothing regular but the past two days I have been having low backache so whatever that means.
My dear husband is switching jobs next week! We are all about making all our life altering changes all at once over here. Seriously though, this new job was really too good to pass up, its a bit more money with a lot more opportunity for advancement. The company that recruited him and kept offering more and more to entice him to come over, including two weeks paid off paternity leave after only working there probably a week!
This is a bit embarrassing to admit but as the birth of my fourth baby approaches, I find myself actually really nervous and scared about making it through labor and delivery. I honestly have no idea why, but there it is. My first I was not allowed an epidural and that birth was nightmarish. The second I got an epidural, but I was literally at 10 cm by the time he pushed the meds in. (I had been prepped and had it inserted but he was tied up in a C-section so by the time he got back to me they were breaking down the bed and the nurse told him to nevermind. God bless that man because he gave me the meds anyway and my first born son came into this world without my feeling any pain!) My third... the guy pretending to be skilled in anethesia tapped my spinal fluid... Ugh, it was not a fun time. That birth physically really tore me up and it was a long recovery. Five years later (and older), I am starting to remember why I am a tad afraid of this next one.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Well what do you expect? I'm 8.5 months pregnant and have the memory of Dory from Finding Nemo. Honestly, I think I actually forgot I had a blog until the other day.
Things around here have been so flipping busy that I don't even have time to update them all with a synopsis. Well maybe I do - My husband is having issues with his work sending him out of town CONSTANTLY and then making him work 16 hour days with NO days off. I am going batty carting three kids back and forth to school at three separate starting times and dismissal times and then on Thursdays, its a whole DIFFERENT schedule! Honestly, with my memory at the end of the day if I have three kids in the house, I'm congratulating myself. My only solace at this point is that the fourth one is in utero so I can't lose her but I seriously fear misplacing her once she's free. I swear I did homework while in school and college yet every night I sit down with the kids to do hours more. Really gets old after a while.
Normal typical daily mothering stuff complaints go here.
My friend who was due three weeks before I am had her baby yesterday so I am officially on notice that I have 3-5 weeks before the same fate befalls me. I have to get all the stuff I have been putting off! (diapers, blankets, binks, nursing pads, nursing bras, washcloths, you name it...)
Hopefully I will be back with updates assuming I don't get lost and/or forget again.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
You are in your twenties
You can still hear reasonably well and you can play this without my old fart colleagues hearing it which makes you feel kinda good.
The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 15.8kHz
|Find out which ringtones you can hear!|
Sunday, July 23, 2006
I just ate nine of them. A serving size is four, but four has 110 calories! I basically just ingested two Cokes worth of sugar! I am going to blow up like a walrus for sure now. Its like that episode of the Simpsons when Bart gave the Flanders boys pixie sticks and they became sugar junkies.
Its going to be all downhill for me from here, I just know it. I am going to wake up one of these days on the floor surrounded by empty wrappers and Coke cans. Then I will give birth to a giant fat baby.
Friday, July 14, 2006
I thought after about the 30th time that it was a joke, like people saying, lets call this number and keep asking for this dude to make this lady nuts but the people that call are all different, from different numbers and its almost always business related. They are also always very nice and polite so I can't even get any validation from yelling at them, after all, not their fault.
I just checked my voicemail to hear two messages asking if Mr Jerk Face would share his meeting on Friday and to call her back. The second said basically the same thing, but a different person. OK people, if you put on your listening ears, when you get my voicemail, it says you have reached SLIGHTLY DRAMATIC (ok really it says my actual name) Who the heck then leaves a message? I am going to find this guy and get his actual phone number and then I am going to ask everyone I know to start calling him asking for someone else. I want to see how he likes getting wrong numbers that use up all his allotted minutes all day long.
Someone needs a nap. (That would be me)